Principles of compression in venous disease: a practitioner's guide to treatment and prevention of venous leg ulcers

Compression therapy is the recognised treatment of choice for recurrent venous leg ulcers. Compression therapy systems include hosiery, tubular bandages and bandage systems comprising two or more components. These systems aim to provide graduated compression to the lower limb in order to improve venous return and to reduce oedema. The aim of this document is to enhance practitioners’ knowledge of compression bandaging in the management of venous disease and to explain the scientific principles of compression for safe and effective application.